According to your Faith & The Day of the Lord

Faith cross TSermon Review – Sunday, January 24, 2016

According To Your Faith Be It Unto You

The Sunday morning message was entitled “According To Your Faith Be It Unto You” from Matthew 9:18-29.

Matthew 9:18–29

While he spake these things unto them, behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshipped him, saying, My daughter is even now dead: but come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live. And Jesus arose, and followed him, and so did his disciples. And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment: For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole. But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour. And when Jesus came into the ruler’s house, and saw the minstrels and the people making a noise, He said unto them, Give place: for the maid is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn. But when the people were put forth, he went in, and took her by the hand, and the maid arose. And the fame hereof went abroad into all that land.And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, Thou Son of David, have mercy on us. And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord. Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.

The word “according” means “to harmonize” or “to adjust one thing to another”. Continue reading

A Good Report Maketh the Bones Fat – The Bible Amazes Me Again

Proverbs 15:30

The light of the eyes rejoiceth the heart: and a good report maketh the bones fat.

Those of us that have studied the Bible for many years have learned to trust its truthfulness without question.  Gone are the days of constant doubt and wondering what parts of the Bible can be trusted.  I have found it to be true by study and experience.

The Bible bears any scrutiny.  It is the inspired and preserved Word of God.  I am amazed at how many times throughout history the Bible has been challenged only to be proven right in measurable areas such as history, archeology and science.  What an amazing book!

The verse mentioned above has brought a smile to my face many times.  I know a body can be fat, but can bones be fat?  At times in my life my fluctuating weight has made me wonder if I might be the poster child for fat bones!

I have never doubted that the Bible is correct in this verse.  But I confess I did not understand the analogy.  We all know the immediate benefits of good news.  It certainly has physical and mental blessings.  However, today as I was studying for a message, I learned an interesting fact.  One of the purposes of human bones is fat storage.  Yes, you read that right.  We all know that bones contain red marrow that produces blood cells.  Yet I learned today that bones also contain yellow marrow.  This yellow bone marrow stores fat.  The yellow bone marrow can become red marrow to help in blood cell production in the event of a great loss of blood or anemia.

Thousands of years before fancy microscopes and expensive tests God told us this medical fact!

Once again, the Bible amazes me!  God is good to give us His written Word.

Read it today and be amazed.

Simple Outline of John 3:16

John 3-16 verseHere is a simple outline of John 3:16 that the Lord gave me while I was going over my sermon for tomorrow morning.  I have never preached it, but I look forward to doing so one day as the Lord leads.  I sensed that I should post this now. I pray it will be a blessing to someone tonight.  If you would take the time to add substantiating verses, it would be a great teaching/preaching help.  Let me know what you think.

God bless.

John 3:16:

Declares God’s Love

“For God so loved the world…”

Describes Christ’s Sacrifice

“…that he gave his only begotten son…”

Defines God’s Terms

“…that whosoever believeth in him…”

Decries Man’s Sin

“…should not perish…”

Details God’s Gift

“…but have everlasting life.”

Benefits of Scripture Memory

Benefits of Memorizing Scripture
Why Memorize Scripture?Bible Title Page

It is an odd reality that many who believe the Bible to be the inspired and preserved Word of God, and sole authority for faith and practice, often overlook the necessity of committing Scripture to memory. Although we have almost unlimited access to the written Word in America, there are times when we need the help of Scripture and can’t put our hands on it at that moment. We should have a systematic plan to memorize it so that it is available in every situation. Furthermore, God’s Word dwelling in our heart has powerful benefits that many take for granted and of which others are ignorant. Below is a list of empowering benefits of memorizing the Bible. At the end of the list is a link to hear the audio sermon that expounds this outline.

Memorizing God’s Word:

Helps you to abide in Christ.

Joh 15:5  I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

Empowers your prayer life

Joh 15:7  If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

Convicts us to obey and demonstrate our love for God.

Joh 15:10  If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.

Results in a joyful heart.

Joh 15:11  These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

Imparts wisdom.

Col 3:16  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

Teaches us as we go through life.

Col 3:16  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

Corrects us when we stray.

Col 3:16  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

Inspires us to sing about God.

Col 3:16  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

Generates faith during quotation.

Rom 10:17  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Makes strong.

1Jn 2:14  I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.

Helps overcome the wicked one.

1Jn 2:14  I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.

Nourishes growth.

1Pe 2:2  As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:

Benefits last forever.

1Pe 1:23  Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
1Pe 1:24  For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:
1Pe 1:25  But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.

Brings prosperity.

Psa 1:2  But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
Psa 1:3  And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

Causes cleansing.

Psa 119:9  Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.

Brings peace and emotional stability.

Psa 119:165  Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.

Convinces us to reject sin.

Psa 119:11  Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

Builds us up.

Act 20:32  And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.

Insures God’s blessing.

Rev 1:3  Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

Wow!  What christian wouldn’t want the above mentioned blessings?  You can start right now.  Just pick a verse, write it on a 3×5 card or paper, look at it throughout the day, and meditate upon it often.  If you don’t know where to start, ask God to lead you to the verse He knows that you need. 

The verses God lead me to work on today are below.  They have been an encouragement to me several times today already.

Isa 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
Isa 26:4 Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:

Memorizing God’s Word has an eternal impact with supernatural effects on your life. Pick a verse and start committing it to memory today!

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Hindrances to Soul Winning

As believers in Jesus Christ, it is our mission to proclaim God’s saving grace through the death, burial and resurrection to give others an opportunity to accept Him as their Saviour.  Why do we fail to tell the greatest story ever told?  Included in the following .pdf link are some common hindrances to soul winning.

Let me know if they are helpful.


Hindrances to Soul Winning



Update from our Mayo Clinic trip

mayo-clinic-frontWe made it safely back from the Mayo Clinic this past Wednesday, September 3. My wife and I want to thank each of you who prayed for our family. The Lord really answered prayers.  Although there is no way to convey all that God did for us on this trip, the following are a few things we would like to share with you.

When we made the appointment, the Clinic told us to expect to be there from 3 to 10 days. Many people are done in 3 days and most are done in 5 days. During our first appointment the doctor realized what we already knew – that Sarah’s situation was very complicated and if we wanted to get some real answers it would take longer than they first thought.  We decided that we would just take it day by day and see what the Lord would do.  As the days passed, it became clear that we needed to be there longer.  Although we could have stayed longer with doctors wanting to schedule more appointments, we decided to leave after three weeks.  We felt that most of the important appointments were done and that the other appointments could be done in Rhode Island.  We needed to come home.

Each day brought new tests and doctor appointments.  It really is a miracle that my wife was able to make all of these appointments except for one.   I have no words to tell you how bad Sarah was doing when we left to go to the Clinic.  Each day she was in terrible pain. She had been bed-bound for many months.  The simplest of tasks was very difficult.  Even rolling over in bed would have to be planned and accomplished with much effort and pain.  We give all the praise and honor to God that we were able to make this trip at all – let alone stay there and get to these appointments.

We thank the Lord for everyone who gave financially to allow us to stay in a hotel that was attached to the Clinic.  It really did make a huge difference.  Because the hotel was attached, if she could get into the wheelchair I could wheel her to the appointments through interior corridors.  I was so proud of her as every day I saw her dig down deep within to get from the bed to the wheelchair.  Then she endured much pain in the chair and prayed that our Lord would give her the strength to remain in the chair long enough to complete the day’s appointments.  She is one of the strongest people I have ever met.  I thank God for her bravery and will to get better so she can fulfill her dreams of being a healthy wife, mother and pastor’s wife.

While we were there, she had 12 separate appointments with seven different specialists. Also, she had two appointments with nurse specialists and an all-day appointment with nurses and 15 other people with unexplained chronic pain.  The testing was extensive.  The doctors ordered 80 blood tests, several invasive neurological tests, two biopsies, and a myriad of other tests.  These tests ruled out a lot of horrible diseases and identified ongoing problems.

Although we were happy to be at one of the premier medical facilities in the world, we were on a roller coaster of emotions.  Some doctors were helpful and encouraging while other doctors were not so helpful and discouraging.  The first 10 days there really yielded no helpful results except for ruling certain diseases out.  This was a deep valley for my wife and I to walk through.  While expending so much effort and money to be there, our faith was tested day after day of no more answers than when we arrived.  Even in the depths of this darkness, the Lord provided reminders that He was with us and was watching over us.  I remember one day in particular. We were at our lowest point. We had just walked out of a few doctor appointments that were utterly discouraging.  The devil was succeeding at his dirty deeds of discouragement and distraction. We began to wonder how this was going to work continuing to serve the Lord without any help at all.  We knew we could not go on unless something changed. As I was wheeling her down the hallway, we entered the Landow atrium. It’s a beautiful atrium with a lot of windows and natural light with marble walls, columns and floors. To the side of the room there’s a black grand piano. Often people would sit at the piano playing songs to encourage the folks that walked by.  As I walked through that atrium pushing my wife in the wheelchair, the Lord broke through my busy thoughts to bring my attention to the song that was playing. It was the song “People Need the Lord”. It was as if the Holy Spirit tapped me on the shoulder and reminded me that God is not done with us yet -That people need Him and that He was going to use us to reach them with the Gospel and help them follow Christ.  I brought Sarah’s attention to the song and told her what God was speaking to my heart.  This breathed great life into us as God Himself encouraged us.  From that moment things began to look up. The next day the appointments were more helpful. As we walked through the atrium again that next day someone at the piano was playing the Hymn “How Great Thou Art”.  We serve a wonderful God Who is higher than the highest and yet cares for the lowest of the lowest.  I am thankful He is a personal God Who oversees the affairs of man and so tenderly cares for this simple preacher and his family.

Over the next several days more test results came back with more helpful doctor visits.  After years of wondering, things were starting to come into focus.

We came away from the Mayo Clinic with seven new diagnoses. Of these new diagnoses, three are difficult but have a high success rate of treatment. One is genetic in which her body does not make enough of one of the immunoglobulins that comprise the immune system. One is a painful nerve disease that is treated the same as another diagnosis.  We pray it responds well to this treatment.  Two of her primary diagnoses are not yet well understood and have no cure at this point. However, we did receive a lot of insight and tips to help manage the pain with these two while at the clinic since they are at the forefront of understanding these issues.

One doctor explained the history of medical diagnostics to help us understand where we are in hopes of a cure. He used the example of tuberculosis. When it was discovered in the 1800s it was thought to be an untreatable disease. People were “treated” by putting them into a sanitarium or being told to move to a dry place like Arizona or New Mexico.  Many people died.  Contracting tuberculosis meant a slow but sure death.  As time progressed they realized a bacteria was the culprit. As time progressed further, there was an antibiotic introduced to would help cure tuberculosis.  It is no longer a threat today in America as it once was. This doctor reminded us that with all of our knowledge there are many things we do not know yet about the workings of the human body. Although they know that there are many cases of chronic pain that are serious and severe they do not have a test to tell us the exact cause.  They are working on it all the time and believe eventually they will find a cause and a cure.

The trip home was difficult.  After three weeks of being poked and prodded, being sustained only by your prayers and the grace of God, my wife’s body just gave out.  Also, there was a complication with a biopsy that has not healed yet.  It is still causing difficulties.  Please pray that this heals quickly.  It took us 12 days to make the trip home.  We were hoping to get some family time on the way home and perhaps visit a tourist site. Sarah was just unable to do that. We did not go out of our way at all on the trip home.  The Lord in his goodness did allow us to make a few family memories with opportunities either inside or right next to a few hotels.  For example the children had the hotel pool to themselves a few times. Pool in NY MayoWorld's Largest Boot



Most days I had to stay close to Sarah to help her and couldn’t leave the hotel.  On one occasion the kids and I slipped away for a few hours while Sarah was resting and saw the “World’s Largest Boot”.














There was a large mall that had indoor rides a few miles from one of the hotels.  The kids enjoyed their time there.  But the Highlight of the trip for the kids was that Mommy was able to spend some time with them.  She is the best Mom in the Universe!

Mom and kids at MOA

Best Mom in the Universe!!!

Dad and kids at MOA

I love these kids!!!

One high point of the trip for me was that Sarah was able to get a haircut and manicure.  I really pushed for her to do this as I wanted her to do something “normal” that she hadn’t done in years.  Truthfully, my wife did not have a haircut outside of our home for over 2 years.  I watched a few free explanation videos and did my best to trim it myself a few times as needed over the years.  I praise the Lord she was able to get a real haircut!  I have learned to be ashamed at all of the things I take for granted every day.  God is good to us in so many ways we don’t acknowledge.

So what happens now?
Although the underlying cause of Sarah’s pain is still unknown, the doctors believe that dealing with these new diagnoses will alleviate some of her pain and symptoms.  All of these situations working together are amplifying that underlying root.  We are not yet sure how much help she will receive but we are trusting in the Lord for good results.

The doctors at the clinic made many notes and recommendations for ongoing treatment.  We plan to meet with Sarah’s primary doctor this week to create a treatment plan and add that to the many helpful natural therapies we use already. We will begin treatment on the diagnoses that we understand right away. She needs to meet with three more specialists here at home to look at a few more things. Also, she needs to have some dental work done that she hasn’t been able to do for the past 2 years because of her pain.  With the appointments, treatments, protocols and therapies, we have a lot to do over the next few months.  The doctors said to be patient with the process as there will be ups and downs.  It may take months to see significant changes from the treatments.

Another issue that makes Sarah’s case so difficult to treat is that her symptoms can change very quickly.  One issue can flare up and cause treatment of other areas to be delayed.  A dormant problem can increase suddenly or a new symptom can burst on the scene that complicates things.  For example, on the way home she had severe and unusual lower leg swelling that was painful and immobilizing.  An urgent prayer request is that her body would stabilize long enough for some of these new treatments to take hold and make a difference.

For the first time in years we have some good medical news and see some light at the end of the tunnel.  Thank you so much for your prayers.  We could not have made this journey without you.  We still have a long way to go.  We need your prayers now more than ever.  Our hope is in the Great Physician.  He is the God of life and healing.     Here are a few specific requests:

  • Sarah’s health to improve miraculously
  • for the biopsy complication to heal
  • that her body would respond well to treatments
  • that her pain would reduce quickly
  • finances to cover the extra expenses of the prolonged trip
  • wisdom for her primary doctor
  • wisdom for local specialists
  • strength and provision for my in-laws who moved here last year to help us
  • blessings for the people of Curtis Corner Baptist Church who have encouraged us and gone through this 6 year trial with us
  • wisdom, love and power for me to lead my family, help my precious wife and pastor CCBC effectively
  • that she would be able to attend church services as her health increases
  • to be strengthened with God’s power and to understand the fullness of His love
  • for Sarah to be encouraged daily as she battles her pain
  • for our family to live in the joy, peace and comfort of the Holy Ghost

Thank you so much for your love, prayers and encouragement!


Trust in the LORD

Trust in the Lord

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
(Proverbs 3:5)

This familiar Scripture has been convicting the hearts of God’s people for 3,000 years. The simplicity of it’s wording belies the power of it’s message. TRUST IN THE LORD. Four simple words that cut to the heart of the great human problem. We just don’t trust the LORD.

How much better would our world be if people would just trust in the LORD? How much improved and blessed would your life be if you would just trust in the LORD? If we trust in the LORD’S gospel, we can be forgiven, made a child of God and live eternally with Him in Heaven. If we trust in the LORD’S Bible we learn all that is necessary for faith and practice that leads to an abundant life on earth now. Oh, why don’t we trust Him?  The heart of man is deceitful and will lead us to misplace our trust in people and things that are not worthy of it. Satan knows the wonderful everlasting results of our trust in the LORD and works diligently to erode it.  Nevertheless, the Bible commands us to trust in the LORD.

The Hebrew word for trust in this verse means to trust, to be confident, to be sure. We can trust the Lord! He has proven Himself faithful countless times during the history of the world. If you could see the overview of your life clearly, you would see that God has never failed you or let you down. Any perceived instance of the LORD failing you will be cleared up beyond a doubt in Heaven. So why not choose to trust Him now? Why not confess to the Lord that in your human reasoning it feels like He has let you down or forsaken you, but you choose to believe the Bible and trust in the LORD.

Trust is a choice.  Every situation affords us an opportunity to believe what God says in the Bible or reject it.  Doubt is an opportunity for faith.  Choose to trust in the LORD.  What freedom we find when we choose to trust in the LORD! Break the chains of doubt that hold you captive in fear, negativity, anxiety, and disbelief! Stop leaning on your own limited understanding and trust the limitless God of creation. It is easy to have a small measure of faith in the Lord that lulls us into a sense that we are sufficiently trusting Him.  We “trust” the LORD when everything is going well, the family is healthy and there is money in the bank.  We trust Him when we can see how trials will work out for good in the end.  Then we fall apart when we can’t understand why God is allowing a thing or how it will work out. This ought not to be!

My friend, choose to trust God in the darkest days of your life.  Choose to trust Him when it doesn’t make sense and you have no idea how it will work out.  Choose to trust Him when others around you tell you to “curse God and die” as Job’s wife counseled him.  Remember that your extremity is God’s opportunity!  Every affliction is an opportunity for faith.  Your faith is the platform that God will use to glorify Himself to the world around you.  Don’t comfort yourself with faith in a few compartmentalized areas of your life, but trust in the LORD with all your heart. Root out any doubt in your life then confront it with faith and convert it to trust in the LORD.